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post #1 of 4 Old 11-02-2010, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Re training the OTTB... anyone have any tips??

Okay so i bought a 3yr 16hh OTTB hes had 3 months off, i put a western saddle on for the first time today, he did not like the back cinch he threw a huge rearing and bucking fit then finally calmed down.. i didnt get on him today i ponied him with my mare he did calm down nice and followed good.. Im not sure what kind of 'training' these horses have.. Im just going to start like he had none tons of ground work getting use to western saddle learning what whoa is etc... Any one have any experience with these horses or advice for me? I would call myself experienced with horse i just never had anything to do with a TB or defiantly not an off track TB...
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I've retrained 6 OTTBs- 3 for jumping, 3 for eventing. They can be pretty challenging, since they have next to no training. You're correct when you say you need to start at the beginning. Race horses are trained to run, no one cares about their trot or if they stand still when mounted, etc. So putting a saddle on him (a heavier one than he's used to especially) and then cinching it up right away probably threw him for a loop. You've already given yourself the advice I would give you- go back to the beginning and do ground work to gain respect and the basic commands. And go slooooowly- these guys usually require alot of patience, but they're so worth it! Keep us updated!
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I feel stupid now i didnt even think twice about the back cinch... lol but now hes good with it just found out the hard way i guess, im in no rush to ride, Defiantly gonna stick to ground manners and work for awhile, hes alot different than my 14/15 hh QH, im not even a TB person but something about him said i needed him hes slowly gaining weight and seeing its ok just to relax and be a horse...
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Take things slooowww. Makes for much more quality results later. For saddles, maybe start with close to what he currently knows--English. When he's working well in that you can try Western occasionally until he's comfortable in that as well, but keep it familiar at first. As far as cinching up goes, do it in phases. When you first tack up make it very loose, then walk him around and tighten it a little, walk him more and then tighten it, etc. Makes them less prone to bulging out their stomachs and more willing to be saddled than if you just go in and knock the wind out of 'em. Good luck!
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